Rydberg Constant

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Jessica Li 4F
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Rydberg Constant

Postby Jessica Li 4F » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:44 pm

For the Rydberg equation, does the negative sign cancel out?

Tai Metzger 3K
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Re: Rydberg Constant

Postby Tai Metzger 3K » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:49 pm

Not necessarily. If the energy is negative, it means that energy has been released and the e- has fallen from a higher energy level to a lower one. If energy is positive, it means that energy has been absorbed and the e- has jumped to a higher energy level.

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